Davis, California – California’s role as the nation’s leading producer of agricultural products is well known. In 2012 California’s farms and ranches accounted for $42.6 billion in output. California produced 15% of the nation’s total value of crop production and 7.1 percent of the value of livestock and livestock products.
Most people, however, are probably less familiar with the state’s vitally important food and beverage processing sector, which is responsible for acquiring the bounty produced on California’s farms and ranches and converting it to the food, beverage, and fiber products demanded by consumers worldwide. Our study quantifies the economic impact of this integral component of California’s economy.
Food and beverage processing is California’s third largest manufacturing sector
following computers and electronics and chemicals, and California’s total of 3,421 food manufacturing establishments is the largest in the nation. [Read more…]